The master’s degree in Literary Editing and Publishing is intended for students with strong backgrounds in English literature, creative writing and narrative studies to explore the roles of the professional editor and publisher, with an emphasis in literary nonfiction.
Exceptional USC undergraduate students accepted to this degree program may combine their baccalaureate and masters studies during their senior (fourth) year, in accordance with USC policy on Progressive Degree Programs. Applicants without appropriate preparatory course work in literature and creative writing may be required to complete more course work. All applicants must have completed ENGL 300 or ENGL 310 with a grade of A- or better. The master’s degree in Literary Editing and Publishing requires a year of supervised external professional internship in lieu of a thesis.
Students interested in applying to the Progressive Degree Program in Literary Editing and Publishing will propose a plan of study in consultation with an academic adviser. Advisers will work with students throughout the final years of undergraduate study and the master’s program to help students select courses based on remaining undergraduate degree requirements, recommended preparation for the master’s degree, and the core requirements for the master’s degree in Literary Editing and Publishing. Students in the English department are required to meet with an adviser before registering for courses each semester.
The master’s degree in Literary Editing and Publishing is under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School. Refer to the Requirements for Graduation section and the Graduate School section of this catalogue for general regulations. All courses applied toward the degree must be courses accepted by the Graduate School.